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H&K USP Pistols


H&K USP Pistol


Master Gunsmith and instructor, Bob Dunlap, takes us on an educational tour of Heckler and Kochs very popular USP pistol. Bob utilizes a cutaway firearm and various other models of the Universal Self-loading Pistol to demonstrate the design and function of this reliable firearm. After covering the history of Heckler and Koch, we get to take a look at some of the differences between the standard, tactical, and compact models of the U.S.P., to help you decide which model or models might be best suited to your needs. This Armorers Course will enable you to disassemble and reassemble your pistol and avoid some frustrations and common mistakes that are often made by the novice Pistolsmith. Bob cautions you about certain areas and jobs concerning this particular firearm, like the safety features and doing trigger jobs. If you want the long course, look into our basic 108-hour Professional Gunsmith Course.


Among the items covered are:




  • Bob brings us back to the middle of the twentieth century, during the Post WW II era, to discuss H & Ks beginnings
  • Various Heckler and Koch firearms are shown and discussed; some of which became commercial successes, while others, equally well designed, did not


Design and Function


  • In depth explanation of the firing sequence of the pistol that utilizes a cut-a way gun, allowing the viewer to get a look inside the pistol in a way unlike any other
  • Explanation and demonstration of the parts and their operation
  • A unique look at the guns various recoil and buffering systems and how they work
  • A discussion of the design of various magazines and magazine catches and their advantages
  • Explanation and demonstration of both the single and double action-firing cycles
  • Safety features and the decocking mechanism are explained
  • Explanation and demonstration of extraction and ejection operations given




  • Extensive disassembly is shown and explained
  • Captivating plungers and springs are discussed, so you can avoid the Gunsmith crawl (looking for launched parts)
  • The correct order in which parts should come out, so that other parts are not stuck inside the gun
  • Cautions are given so that you do not break some of the smaller parts inside of the pistol


Cleaning and Lubrication


  • AGI cleaning and lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use
  • When drying parts in the oven, do so only with the metal parts and do not exceed 200 degrees




  • The correct order in which the parts must go back into the frame and slide
  • Details on springs and how to be able to tell if they are in the correct position
  • Special tools that need to be made to allow for easier assembly and an explanation of why they are needed
  • Correct method for installing the firing pin and spring
  • Helpful common tools for getting the parts in their correct places are shown in use
  • Tips on how to avoid frustration and ease the reassembly are given
  • Making sure, that you have no parts left over
  • A continued discussion of how certain parts work with one another
  • Final thoughts and impressions of the pistol are given




  • A frank discussion of the pros and cons of certain accessories available for the U.S.P.
  • Double action only hammer is shown and explained for the compact model


If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any U.S.P. owner.


How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.